Advocacy

WELCOME!

If you are interested in learning more about the Advocacy efforts of the Iowa Annual Conference's Advocacy Team, then you have come to the right place! 
This page is a resource for you to learn more about upcoming events, resources related to our denominational perspectives on the four issue areas of the Annual Conference, and ways to get your congregation involved in ministries of outreach and advocacy!

 

Monday January 25th: RSVP

Register for the 2021 Virtual Advocacy Day!

 

 

Resources

   

Interested  in becoming part of the
Legislative Advocacy Team?

Download this form and find out more
If you want to be considered, email us!


Advocacy Team

Brian Carter, Team Lead  -  briancar@dwx.com
Rita Carter  -  ritaac@mchsi.com
Gary Nims  -  gary.nims@gmail.com
Bobby-Jo Paige  -  bjpdaisy@gmail.com

Consultant
Robert Mulqueen  -  robert.mulqueen@gmail.com
Deb Streff (UMW Liaison )  -  debstreff@gmail.com

 


Position Papers
Bottle Bill
Children & Gun Safety
Death Penalty 
Earned Income Tax Credit
Enforcement of Immigration Law
Global Warming
M
ental Health
Sports Gambling
Water Quality
Religious Exemption
Restoring Felon Voting Rights
Gun Amendment to the Iowa Constitution
Sports Gambling
Racial Profiling


Work of the Iowa United Methodist Legislative Advocates at the State Capitol

  1. Set Priorities in consultation with the Bishop and Assistant to the Bishop for Connectional Ministries.
  2. Review Iowa Annual Conference Resolutions and General Conference Resolutions.
  3. Review list of legislative bills being presented for consideration by Legislations.
  4. Declare either For or Against on bills presented if there is a clear resolution stating the United Methodist Church position either from Iowa or the General Conference.
  5. Issue Action Alerts to ask United Methodist’s to talk to their legislators about the bills we have declared on. Talk about our concerns.
  6. Attend Iowa Legislative sub-committee meetings in Senate and House of Representatives to present our views and submit suggestions for amendments.
  7. Review bills which are adopted by the sub-committees and make adjustments to the United Methodist Declarations: For, Against, Undecided.
  8. Issue Action Alerts to ask United Methodist’s to talk to their legislators about the bills we have declared on. Talk about our concerns.
  9. Attend Iowa Legislative Committee meeting to see what will be presented to the House or Senate.
  10. Review bills which are adopted by the committees and make adjustments to the United Methodist Declarations: For, Against, Undecided.
  11. Issue Action Alerts to ask United Methodist’s to talk to their legislators about the bills we have declared on. Talk about our concerns
  12. Thank Legislators for their time listening to us.
  13. Thanks United Methodists for contacting their legislators.
  14. Make report to Bishops Office about results of our advocacy.

 

THE IOWA ANNUAL CONFERENCE STAFF

Harlan Gillespie
Assistant to the Bishop
Director of Connectional Ministries 
harlan.gillespie@iaumc.org


Felicia Coe
Associate Director of Connectional Ministries
(515) 974-8911

 

 

2020 Priority Issues 

These six issues will be supported by the Legislative Advocacy Team at the 2020 Iowa Legislature
- Download the  Priority Issues Brochure 2020 -
2016 Book of Discipline and Book of Resolution -
MENTAL HEALTH
  • We support all people (children, youth and adults) suffering the effects of mental illness and strive for equal and effective treatment for all.
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     (Information from The United Methodist Book of Resolutions 2016, #330 “Ministries in Mental Illness”, Social Principles Paragraphs 161 and 162)
POVERTY
  • We support legislation that will equip people in poverty to achieve self-sufficiency. The Bible witnesses God’s preference for the poor. We are to offer compassion and justice for the neediest of God’s children.
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    (Information from: 2016 Book of Resolutions, Social Principles Paragraph 163, Resolutions on Living Wage #4101, and “Public Education and the Church” #3165.
GUN SAFETY
  • We support local and national laws that prevent or reduce gun violence.
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    (Information from 2016 UM Book of Resolutions #3428; Private Guns, Public Health by David Hemenway)
ENVIRONMENT
  • We support care of the earth which will preserve the environment for the benefit of all.  
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    (The United Methodist SocIal Principles, paragraph 160, I. The Natural World, 2016 Book of Resolutions and Iowa 2019 Resolution #504)
CRIMINAL JUSTICE
  • We affirm a criminal justice system that reflects God’s desire for healing of offenders, victims and communities through restorative justice.
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    (Information from:  The 2016 Book of Resolutions, Criminal Justice #5031 “Humanizing Criminal Justice”)
HUMAN RIGHTS
  • We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God and therefore work for a world where all are valued and affirmed.
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    (Information from:  The 2016 United Methodist Book of Resolution, Paragraph 162 H) The rights of Immigrants; #3427,  F) The Death Penalty)